Joan McCabe, 76: Accomplished artist, valued family above all

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BATH — Joan “Joanna” McCabe, 76, died Sept. 25 at Winship Green Nursing Home.  

On Nov. 3, 1933, she was born in Hartford, the youngest of five children of Kenneth and Lella Sampson, and attended schools in Hartford, Auburn and Portland.  

After high school she worked for a few years as a cosmetologist to support her beginning painting career.

On July 11, 1970, she married Carl McCabe, and they made their home in Bath.

Over the years she sold many paintings and earned many awards. In addition to painting, she became a silversmith, and designed her own jewelry.  

Notably, she designed a sterling silver angel and sent it to President Bill Clinton. She was very proud that it was used in a table centerpiece in the Green Room during his first Christmas in office.  

She was also a Reiki Master and a cat lover.

Her two brothers and two sisters predeceased her.

Surviving her are her loving husband of 40 years, Carl, of Bath; her stepson Lawrence McCabe and his wife Vickie of Texas; three grandsons; Patrick, Richard and Carl McCabe; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Desmond Funeral Homes, 638 High St., Bath.

Memorial thoughts and condolences can be shared with her family at